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Steelers Running Back Chris Rainey Cut from Team for Alleged Assault on His Girlfriend

By Nottage and Ward on January 25, 2013

Whether a couple is married, involved in a civil union, or in any other intimate relationship, physical or mental abuse, also referred to domestic violence, is unacceptable and does not have to be lived with. As reported by The Associated Press and The New York Daily News, rookie running back 24-year-old Chris Rainey has been cut from the Pittsburgh Steelers because of physical harm he caused to his girlfriend.

Rainey was arrested in Gainesville, Florida and charged with a single count of battery after fighting with his girlfriend. The actual altercation was over a cell phone, but afterwards Rainey attempted to pull her out of a vehicle. He allegedly slapped her as she attempted to run away from him. Pittsburgh’s general manager, Kevin Colbert, was reported as saying that due to Rainey’s conduct, he would be cut from the team.

This is only the most recent off-the-field event that has threatened his career in the NFL. While he was playing college football for the Florida Gators, on September 14, 2010, Rainey was arrested and charged with aggravated stalking. That crime is a third-degree felony. He allegedly had sent a threatening text to a former girlfriend. Part of the text message read, “Time to die.” Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer said the next day after the arrest that his football program had a core value concerning violence against women, and that core value had been violated, but only two weeks later the player returned to the football field after agreeing to a plea deal.

The Chicago order of protection attorneys at Nottage and Ward believe abuse within a relationship does not have to be tolerated. We have over 20 years’ experience helping Illinois residents secure orders of protection to keep someone from harming you. Orders of protection can be filed for physical abuse, stalking, or harassment. Contact the attorneys at Nottage and Ward. You have rights that we can help defend. Call (312) 332-2915.

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